Local museum galleries often serve as dynamic classrooms for courses, allowing faculty and students first-hand access to paintings, prints, sculptures and decorative objects. The collections are also used for individual or course research projects, sometimes leading to an exhibition.
With over 7,000 objects, the Skinner Museum has important collections of minerals, fossils, furniture, maritime objects, firearms, glass, ceramics and tools.
The Joseph Allern Skinner Museum
Founded in 1876, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum contains a searchable collection of 24,000 works of art, decorative art and material culture from around the world. There are opportunities to intern at the Art Museum or to join the Student Guide program, in which students develop educational programs using the collection.